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Obama to meet with tech CEOs amid NSA concerns

Tuesday, 17 Dec 2013 | 7:13 AM ET
Saul Loeb | AFP | Getty Images

President Barack Obama is meeting Tuesday with executives from leading technology companies, including Google, Twitter, and Apple.

The White House said the meeting will focus on efforts to repair the Obama administration's HealthCare.gov website and reform government information technology.

The National Security Agency's surveillance programs are also on the agenda.

(Read more: Op-ed: I like Obamacare-but don't call it that!)

Gamers may not be talking about game
CNBC's Jon Fortt discusses why the government would want to monitor large multi-player Internet games like "World of Warcraft." The New York Times reported American and British spies have created make-believe characters "to snoop and to try to recruit informers."

A number of the companies attending, including Yahoo, Microsoft, and Facebook, are urging Obama to curb surveillance programs after the extent of the information the U.S. collects through their systems was revealed. (Disclosure: CNBC has a content-sharing partnership with Yahoo's finance site.)

Several companies are introducing more encryption technology to shield users' data from government spies and other prying eyes.

CEOs from Netflix, Comcast, LinkedIn, Etsy, and AT&T will also join Tuesday's session. (Disclosure: Comcast is the owner of NBCUniversal, the parent company of CNBC and CNBC.com.)

(Read more: Judge to NSA: No, you cannot collect bulk phone records)

By The Associated Press

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